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Review of bats and SARS

Wang, L.-F., Shi, Z., Zhang, S., Field, H., Daszak, P. and Eaton, B.T. (2006) Review of bats and SARS. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 12 (12).

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Bats have been identified as a natural reservoir for an increasing number of emerging zoonotic viruses, including henipaviruses and variants of rabies viruses. Recently, we and another group independently identified several horse-shoe bat species (genus Rhinolophus) as the reservoir host for a large number of viruses that have a close genetic relationship with the coronavirus associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Our current research focused on the identification of the reservoir species for the progenitor virus of the SARS coronaviruses responsible for outbreaks during 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. In addition to SARS-like coronaviruses, many other novel bat coronaviruses, which belong to groups 1 and 2 of the 3 existing coronavirus groups, have been detected by PCR. The discovery of bat SARS-like coronaviruses and the great genetic diversity of coronaviruses in bats have shed new light on the origin and transmission of SARS coronaviruses.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:© Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emerging Infectious Diseases is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a U.S. Government agency. Therefore, all materials published in Emerging Infectious Diseases are in the public domain and can be used without permission. Proper citation, however, is required.
Keywords:Acute respiratory syndrome; Coronavirus-like virus; molecular evolution; southern China; palm civet; infection; conservation; prevalence; diversity; humans.
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Communicable diseases of animals (General)
Science > Zoology > Chordates. Vertebrates > Mammals
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary pathology
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